Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


June 11, 2012

Design public hearing scheduled for Route 696 (Big Branch Road) in Tazewell County
July 10 from 4-6 p.m. at Abbs Valley/Boissevain Elementary School

BRISTOL - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a design public hearing next month to show plans for the proposed reconstruction of a section of Route 696 (Big Branch Road) in Tazewell County.  The proposed reconstruction begins at the intersection of Routes 102 and 696 and extends west 1.82 miles. 

The public hearing will be held Tuesday, July 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Abbs Valley/Boissevain Elementary School, 7030 Abbs Valley Road, Bluefield, Virginia.     

The purpose of the meeting is to give citizens an opportunity to review and discuss plans toreconstruct a 1.82 mile section of Route 696 (Big Branch Road) in Tazewell County, which includes improving the roadway alignment, drainage and the intersection of Routes 102 and 696.         

Route 696 is currently two 9-foot-wide lanes with 2-foot-wide shoulders.  The proposed roadway will have 11-foot-wide lanes with 6-foot-wide shoulders.  The shoulders will be 9-feet-wide in areas where guardrail is installed.

VDOT encourages all interested citizens to attend the public hearing. To give citizens more flexibility in their participation, there will be no formal presentation. Instead, citizens will be able to review maps, drawings and other materials explaining the proposed project and discuss the plans with VDOT representatives at their convenience anytime between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Also, citizens will have an opportunity to record verbal comments for the official record anytime during the meeting. Written comments will be accepted during the meeting or may be submitted to VDOT by July 20.

Maps and other materials pertaining to the project are available for review at the VDOT Bristol District Office, 870 Bonham Road, Bristol, Virginia. 

For additional information, or if you require special assistance to participate in the meeting, please call the VDOT District Office at (276) 669-6151 or device for hearing impaired (TTY) at 711.              



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